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Rev. Ernest L. Tonetti, 93, of Chesterfield, passed into the presence of the Lord on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Josephine Tonetti. A native of Philadelphia, PA, he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, was saved and called to preach in the fall of 1948. Ernest attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, where he received his BA in 1952 and BD in 1954, after which he conducted successful evangelistic campaigns both as full time evangelist and then part time during his pastorate; a ministry that carried him through half of the United States and into most of the 100 counties in the State of Virginia. The honorary Doctor of Divinity degree was awarded to him in 1988 by the Maryland Baptist Bible College in Elkton, MD. He became the pastor of Faith Memorial Baptist Church in Richmond, VA in 1959 and continued for 36 years, during which time he conducted radio and TV ministries. He served on the board of Armed Forces Baptist Mission, Baptist Home Missions, Inc., Fundamental Missions, Inc., and was active in the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International. The visitation will be from 11 to 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd. (Rte.10), followed by the funeral service which will begin at 12 noon. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia.